Five For Friday (On A Saturday): More Of The Elder Scrolls Online!

It is time for another gaming-related post, as this month marks the 2-year anniversary of a major expansion to The Elder Scrolls Online. The land of the Orcs, Wrothgar, was opened for exploration on 2 November, 2015. The anniversary event is currently ongoing in-game, offering bonus experience points, rare weapons and armour sets, and much more!

For those of you who might be unfamiliar with this game, here is a bit of information about it:

“From Bethesda Softworks and Zenimax Online Studios comes the next chapter in The Elder Scrolls Saga; The Quest to save Tamriel begins spring 2014” ―The Elder Scrolls Online Gameplay Trailer

The Elder Scrolls Online, also known as The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited, and commonly abbreviated as ESO, is a massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) that was announced in May 2012 and was released for PC and Mac on April 4th, 2014.[1] It is the eighth game in The Elder Scrolls series. On June 9th, 2015, the game was released on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Developed by the team at ZeniMax Online Studios, The Elder Scrolls Online merges the unmatched exploration of rich worlds that the franchise is known for with the scale and social aspects of a massively multiplayer online role-playing game.

The Elder Scrolls Online features a Buy-to-Play model similar to previous Elder Scrolls titles, where one purchases the game for a flat fee and can play it for free afterwards, but there is also an optional membership program, ESO Plus, which grants bonuses such as increased XP gain and free access to all DLC Packs. The game has an in-game cash shop, the Crown Store, where things such as vanity items and cosmetic mounts are sold for a premium currency called Crowns, but nothing that gives players a significant advantage over another will be sold.

Buying the Imperial Edition gives players the option to play as an Imperial, craft Imperial gear, convert existing gear into the Imperial style, gives an Imperial horse with standard stats, a mudcrab vanity pet and the Pledge of Mara, which allows players to marry.

With no further preamble, I offer up my five favourite expansions / DLCs which have been added to the game since the original launching!

Wrothgar / Orsinium: As I mentioned above, this expansion launched on 2 November 2015 and allowed players to explore a large portion of the homeland of the Orcs. Two large dungeons provide challenges for the solo or grouped explorer, and the Maelstrom Arena is the only solo delve which gives one the opportunity to earn a unique, in-game costume and title. I have yet to complete the Arena, and plan on live-streaming my next attempt at it! “Flawless Conquerer” is a worthy title to bear, no?

Thieves Guild: Launched on 7 March 2016, this expansion opens up a peninsula south of the great desert and allows a player to assist in a storyline involving – well, thievery! A new skill line was also introduced, as well as new motifs for crafting new styles of armour and weapons. There is an unofficial side quest which, if you complete it, grants you a unique usable memento and a nifty in-game costume. Show your friends (and foes) that you are a master thief, and that they should watch their pockets closely when you are around…not that it will help, LOL!

Dark Brotherhood: This expansion went live on 31 May 2016, and allowed players to experience one of the best storylines from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The assassinations and escapes were always a lot of fun during the single-player experience; now, you can experience the pleasures, pitfalls, and general dark intrigue of a tight-knit sanctuary which is being targeted by unknown forces. Who is assassinating the assassins? A limited-edition manor can also be found here – it might be offered up again on the anniversary of this expansion.

Morrowind / Vvardenfell: This expansion brings back the homeland of the Dark Elves, first explored by many in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. It was launched on 22 May of this year, providing another full land to explore and many fun things to earn and acquire. The addition of player housing to ESO also offered up three abodes; two of standard availability, and one limited-edition “wizard’s tower,” which are in styles and designs unique to the land. The main storyline here has you assisting one of the legendary “living gods” and saving him – and the land – from certain annihilation.

Clockwork City: This is the newest expansion, and one that is a lot of fun! Released on 17 September of this year, this Steampunk-styled land adds more places to explore, storylines to complete, and motifs for crafting which make one look like a cybernetic automatron. The house offered here is quite the bragging-piece, and the collectibles you can earn mark your character as quite the clever and intrepid explorer!

New screen-shots will be posted soon; for now, enjoy these three gaming trailers which show the game in detail. The following footage accurately depicts the in-game action, as they aren’t just the cinematic trailers! Enjoy…

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